The collection of Solomon’s 375 proverbs continues.
THE COLLECTION OF SOLOMON’S PROVERBS CONTINUES
tears it down with her own hands. Some people have a destructive nature. They destroy the good things in their own lives.
VERSE 2. He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is perverse in his ways despises him.
The fool. The Hebrew word is eveel. It means arrogant, hardened, thickheaded.
VERSE 4. Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
pours out lies. Even though a witness swears to tell the truth, many Christian witnesses lie.
VERSE 6. A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn’t find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.
Stay away from a foolish man. If you become close to a foolish person, you will absorb some of their own foolishness.
You will become more of a fool for having befriended them.
VERSE 8. The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
mock at making atonement. When they do something wrong, fools make fun of the idea of making amends for it.
VERSE 10. The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger.
VERSE 11. The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
NIV translation. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
a way which seems right. Our important decisions need to be considered from several perspectives:
The Holy Spirit. As you take the matter to prayer, how has the Holy Spirit led you? Has this been consistent, over days, weeks, months, years?
Scripture. What does the Word of God say about the given topic?
Advisors. How do trusted wise people advise you?
History. Do any of the historic insights of Christian faith speak to the issue?
Proverbs 15:22. Where there is no counsel, plans fail; but in a multitude of counselors they are established.
Proverbs 20:18. Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war!
VERSE 13. Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, and mirth may end in heaviness.
VERSE 14. The unfaithful will be repaid for his own ways; likewise a good man will be rewarded for his ways.
simple man believes everything. We are not to be simpletons. Rather, we should be discerning.
It helps to have the Gift of Discernment. If you don’t have it, find somebody who does.
hot headed and reckless. This describes a lot of politicians.
VERSE 17. He who is quick to become angry will commit folly, and a crafty man is hated.
The simple inherit folly. A simple person is gullible.
They are easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action.
For that reason, they embrace folly, and reject wisdom.
VERSE 19. The evil bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
VERSE 20. The poor person is shunned even by his own neighbor, but the rich person has many friends.
the rich person has many friends. The “friends” are drawn in because of riches. Of course, these friendships are shallow.
VERSE 21. He who despises his neighbor sins, but he is blessed who has pity on the poor.
VERSE 22. Don’t they go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.
In all hard work there is profit. Solomon praises working hard.
Of course, Solomon himself never worked hard. He was the richest person on earth. He just wanted people to work hard for him.
crown of the wise is their riches. In the Old Testament era, some people said if you are holy, God will make you rich. In our day, this view is growing in popularity among professing Christians. Read more »
saves souls. Telling the truth when giving testimony in court can save someone from the death penalty.
VERSE 26. In the fear of the LORD is a secure fortress, and he will be a refuge for his children.
VERSE 27. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.
VERSE 28. In the multitude of people is the king’s glory, but in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.
VERSE 29. He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper displays folly.
slow to anger. Are you slow to anger? If not, how can you slow down your anger?
a heart at peace. Is your heart at peace?
VERSE 31. He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
oppresses the poor. In our day it is common for wealthy people to exploit poor people.
shows contempt for his Maker. If you oppress poor people, you are expressing contempt for the LORD God.
kind to the needy. Would poor people say you are nice to them?
honors him. When we are kind to poor people, we honor the LORD God.
VERSE 32. The wicked is brought down in his calamity, but in death, the righteous has a refuge.
VERSE 33. Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, and is even made known in the inward part of fools.
Righteousness exalts a nation. Righteousness among a group of people has a synergistic beneficial effect.
VERSE 35. The king’s favor is toward a servant who deals wisely, but his wrath is toward one who causes shame.
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